Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Maputo
Position Title:
Health Communications Specialist
Open Period:
03/30/2020 - 04/06/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 6105 10
USD $44,385 - USD $44,385
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Maputo, MZ
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
21 35 5455


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FS is 05.  Actual FS salary determined by Washington D.C.

All Interested Applicants / All Sources

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The work schedule for this position is:

  • Full Time (40 hours per week)

Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time of receipt of agency authorization and/or clearances/certifications or their candidacy may end.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


The Health Communication Specialist will be part of the CDC-Communication team and will report to the Associate Director for Communications in the Office of the Director. The incumbent will be responsible for the creation and delivery of information to both internal and external audiences by advising and assisting with written and oral communications, independently identifying plans, and implementing and evaluating communication programs.  The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing both online and traditional media strategies to further increase awareness of PEPFAR and CDC-Mozambique’s work, and to increase visibility to important CDC programs, health policies, and published research.  The incumbent is responsible for coordinating with CDC’s implementing partners to execute events and media opportunities and support the communication of partners to ensure they follow CDC branding and communication guidelines.  The Health Communication Specialist is responsible for increasing media opportunities and visibility of CDC’s success stories.  The incumbent is also responsible for overseeing CDC’s implementing partners communication program to ensure proper protocols are being followed and also provides public health communication trainings and technical support to help build the communication capacity of partners in increasing the visibility of their work through traditional and social media.  The incumbent will design, implement and evaluate communication activities to publicize CDC-Mozambique’s programs, activities, goals, and mission and the professional standing to establish and maintain contacts in the media, governmental and non-governmental, academic, and commercial sectors.  Advises CDC-Mozambique staff and relevant colleagues on the needs and plans for written documentation, executes and evaluates the exchange of informational programs for journalists and others in the media.

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE:  A minimum of nine years of progressively responsible experience in communications media, experience writing and editing health or scientific materials and adapting technical material for general audience, developing messages, writing health communications materials, and adapting scientific and technical information for a variety of audiences.

JOB KNOWLEDGE:  Must have good working knowledge of current telecommunications theory, including planning, management and advanced knowledge of principles and processes for providing effective messaging services. Broad perspective and thorough knowledge of the principles of public health programs and practice including knowledge of organizational and operational concepts and practices applied by public, private, or non-profit agencies and organizations engaged in health communication. A good working knowledge of the public health and clinical care system and structure influencing MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required. Good working knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results is required.

Education Requirements:

Secondary School


LANGUAGE:  English level III (Good working knowledge) Written/Speaking/Reading is required. This may be tested.
                   Portuguese level IV (Fluent) Written/Speaking/Reading is required. This may be tested.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Incumbent must possess advanced oral and written communications skills in English and be an active listener. The incumbent must have: excellent organizational skills and proven ability to work independently to deliver projects within deadlines; the ability to work collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment; sound editorial and journalistic judgment as well as local host government and USG political sensitivities; excellent networking skills; and excellent computer skills with experience/training for word processing, spreadsheets, Power point and graphics. The incumbent should also have the ability to work with and effectively communicate within CDC-Mozambique and with other entities regarding communications issues, to effectively organize and plan during crisis situations and ability to anticipate and plan for communications needs and to instruct staff in the correct use of communications technology.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Maputo/Mozambique may receive a compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain and hold a Public Trust clearance. 

To apply for this position click the “Submit Application” button.  For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • Degree Transcript ( Detailed information of each subject and final grade)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • CV

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Maputo/Mozambique.